Aug 24, 2013

Aug 1, 2013

Give OHB some loving this Saturday!

It's that time again...the ole Our Happy Block project needs a little bit of your special loving!
Come join the volunteer crew to spiff up the block and weed the native plant gardens this Saturday

Where: Our Happy Block (8040 SE Woodstock Blvd)
When: Saturday, August 3rd - 9am-Noon(ish)
Reward: Lion's Eye Tavern owner (Erin) will be donating a free beverage to all volunteers who spend the morning contributing to the cause. (Thanks Erin, we love you and appreciate your

The Lion's Eye Tavern is donating free beverages to volunteers ...after the dirty work!

WE LOVE our awesome neighborhood businesses who work with the community to make it better!
Lion’s Eye, you rule.

Jun 4, 2013

This Saturday: Our Happy Block Weeding Party

It's time for another round of pulling weeds for the garden stuff. The plants are looking great! But so are the weeds.

That's where you come in. Join us for the morning as we knock some weeds out of the natural plant garden areas. Make sure to wear clothes that work with the weather. If you have gloves, bring them! If you have a favorite tool for weeding, bring it too!

We look forward to seeing you at Our Happy Block.
8040 SE Woodstock, Portland Oregon

Feb 26, 2013

Speed Weeding this Thursday 4-6pm

If you are available this Thursday (Feb. 28th) please join us at 4:00pm!
Yes, More weeding! woo HOO!
We make it fun, so c'mon down!

Our Happy Block: 8040 SE Woodstock BLVD
Thursday, FEB 28th at 4:00pm

Lea and Robert, from Calvary Lutheran, hard at work!

Feb 20, 2013

This Sunday...come lend a helping hand!

Stop by Our Happy Block this Sunday for a little bit of weed picking.
Hey, I will get some coffee for your fuel!

Sunday February 24th
 8040 SE Woodstock BLVD

possibly a Lion's Eye visit afterwards?

Come on down folks!!!!
~with love, Terah Beth

Aug 22, 2012

A llittle perspective...

Thanks Pesznecker Brothers for fabricating AND donating these steel love-bomb signs!
Thanks Ace Hardware on Woodstock for donating the concrete needed for the sign footings!

Jul 8, 2012

Save The Date - August 6th!

Hey Neighbors!
Save August 6th, because we are having a neighborhood social....

What: BBQ and Ice Cream Social
Hosted by: SE Uplift and Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association
When: Monday, August 6th at 6:30
Where: Our Happy Block/Calvary Church (8040 SE Woodstock Blvd, on the lawn)

SE Uplift will be providing Ben & Jerry's ice cream and the Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Association will be providing light food and a bring any food you'd like to throw on the grill and we'll have a dandy time! (we will have separate grills for meat and veggies)

All Ages!

Jun 5, 2012

June 16th! Work Party Y'all!

Spread the Word, we are having a work party!
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YAY!  We are almost done with the current portion of OUR {HAPPY BLOCK} project!
But there are some key things that still need to be we hope you can join us Saturday, June 16th!

Come alone or bring your friends, family, kids, dog...hey, just come!
  • Date: Saturday June 16th,  2012 
  • Starting: 10am (show up when you can during the day) and stay as long as you can, or want 
  • Site: 8040 SE Woodstock BLVD, Portland OR 97206  
*Food will be provided to volunteers. 

Please email Terah Beth at if you plan to make it (so we can estimate food)
...or just show up when you can!

Bring gloves (if you have them) and wear appropriate shoes and clothes
>>> Do you have tools that you can bring? why not...
Want to provide food, refreshments or plates/cups...etc?
If so, please contact Terah Beth at 971.404.9864 or email her at

A volunteer (Treasa) in action on planting day
This project has been made possible by a partnership between the following organizations (and so many amazing individuals who have volunteered their time):
       Thank YOU so much!        
               Luv,  Terah Beth                         


May 31, 2012

Work Party Day June 16th at 10am - Lunch Provided!

Announcement...Work party!!!

We will be gathering at Our Happy Block on June 16th at 10am to finish up some work.

We will be laying drip irrigation hose, removing weeds, and having a general good time doing it!

If you can join us, please contact Terah Beth at

Thanks a lot!

Mar 26, 2012

Mar 8, 2012

Calls to police cut by 57%

Crime Statistics:
I want to share some great news with you!
Since Our 'Happy Block' project broke ground....
calls to police have been cut by
We went from 137 calls to police to 59.
(number of calls to police in 1-year concerning activity within a 500-foot radius of our project)

(See the statistics, in detail, at the bottom of this post)

Dec 9, 2011

Come Join us Tomorrow to PLANT Trees!

Join Your Neighborhood Association Board and Volunteer for Friends of Trees Planting Day!  Mt. Scott-Arleta will be planting a record breaking 225 trees!

When: December 10th, 8:45 to 1pm
Where:  Meet at 5329 SE Woodstock Blvd Portland OR (Our Lady of Sorrows Parish)

Description: A number of Mt. Scott-Arleta board members will be volunteering with Friends of Trees to plant street trees for our neighbors and we hope you will join us! Please arrive by 8:45am and F.O.T. will provide coffee and doughnuts to get your started. They will also provide gloves and tools, so all you need to do is show up dressed for the weather and wearing sturdy shoes. The neighborhood group will also provide a potluck lunch for all volunteers after the planting in complete. We look forward to seeing you out there


Oct 31, 2011

Plants are in the ground!

Our Planting Party was truly amazing. We planted around 1,000 native trees, shrubs, groundcover and grasses.
It looks great. We will add mulch in the coming weeks along with drip irrigation.

I will post more pictures when I get a moment to compile them all.

Thanks everyone!

Terah Beth

Oct 19, 2011


The time is finally's time to PLANT!

Help us get the garden going at the most happening community greenspace in the neighborhood!
We depaved a parking lot, and now we’re ready to add a dash of paradise. 

Join Our Happy Block and Depave for a fun day in the dirt where we’ll put in over 1,000 plants all around the new greenspace.
Celebrate with us and learn all about naturescaping and rain gardens!
(or if you don't want to play in the dirt, we can always use food donations. Please 'reply' if you'd like to contribute in this fashion.)
Tell your friends!

Date: Saturday, October 22
Starting: 9:00 am - show up whenever you can help during the day
Site: Calvary Church parking-lot | 8040 SE Woodstock
Volunteers of all ages are welcome! Depave will provide volunteers with all the necessary tools and gloves.
Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather.

Please email me with any questions or to let us know you'll be bringing food!

We are also looking for folks who have a lot of experience in landscaping to help lead volunteer crews.
Let me know if you are interested!

Thanks so much!
Terah Beth
email me

    What we've already achieved together...          
  • Planted 29 new street trees on our block!
  • Greatly improved neighborhood safety by cutting-off the entrance/exit from Calvary's parking lot to Martins Street (this prevents vehicles from 'short-cutting' through the parking lot at high speeds. )
    added sidewalks,  curbs and street trees where the concrete approaches once were.
  • Planted a new Native Plant Garden!
  • Painted a 50' x 23' Mural & added lighting to deter graffiti and prevent crime
  • Depaved over 4,300 square feet of asphalt!
  • added Curbs and new parking stall striping to parking lot
  • Worked together with our fellow neighbors to  take ownership of our BLOCK!     
  • had a Neighborhood Block Party during national night out

This project, and past projects, was made possible by a partnership with the following organizations (Thank You!)

some in-progress photos:

watch this awesome PARKING LOTS to PARADISE VIDEO

Oct 5, 2011

Save The Date!

Native Plant Date October 22nd!
Click the flyer to enlarge.

Sep 23, 2011


FREE Street Trees for Mt. Scott-Arleta Neighborhood Only!   
Good Things Grow on Trees - Find Yours at Friends of Trees!

The sooner you sign up, the more choices of trees you'll have! 
Sign Up Now to receive this 'one-time only' offer (sign up deadline for our neighborhood is Nov. 7th)    

What good things grow on trees? 

Conservation: Tree shade can cut your energy costs by 35 percent during the summer. Health: Trees clean our air, water, and soil for an all-around healthier city. Community: Tree-lined streets calm and slow traffic. This creates safer neighborhoods and happier people.

And yes, even money grows on trees! Planting trees on your property can add $7,000 to the value of your home.

Since 1989, Friends of Trees has planted more than 415,000 trees and native plants in the Portland-metro area. During the next few years, we're working with Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services to turn Portland's grey to green by planting thousands of trees in East Portland neighborhoods.
Questions? Email or call 503-282-8846 ext. 25.
Learn more at

Sep 6, 2011

This Wednesday!

Come participate in this Neighborhood brainstorming session!
Wednesday, Sept 7th at 6:30
Mt. Scott Community Center

Aug 4, 2011

Block Party was a success

Thanks for everyone who came out to our first neighbor block party!
The food was great and the company was even greater.
bbq, ping-pong, bubbles, ice cream, yummy food and getting to know one another.

Jul 25, 2011

Block Party - July 30th

Come hang out with your neighbors!
(click image below to view invitation)

Jul 5, 2011

SE Examiner article on Our Happy Block

Another article about our project. 
"Depave Paradise - Put up a Pocket Park "
 CLICK HERE  to read SE Examiner's article on Our Happy Block's project

Jul 1, 2011


Yes, we gathered this last week to make this sweet piece of art for Our Happy Block!
It was a blast and it looks wonderful!
The neighborhood feels so vibrant!
We had a lot of honks and 'looking good' yells from cars as we were on the scaffolding and ladders.

SE UPlift for the Graffiti Abatement grant and Powell Paints for donating some paint and giving us a great, GREAT deal on supplies!

and THANKS to:
Tim Janchar (original artwork, see below), Terah Beth Varga (got grant and designed the mural from Tim's painting), Justin Varga, Modou Dieng, Howie, Terra Zittenfield, Jonathan shannon



Here is Tim Janchar's beautiful painting...This is where the inspiration came from:
(thanks SO MUCH, Tim. You are SOOOO awesome.)